Gordon Tietjens

Ear infection robs New Zealand of talismanic coach in build-up to Sevens

New Zealand sevens team coach Gordon Tietjens

The All Blacks Sevens will be missing a number of top-line players due to injury with the biggest blow being playmaker and goal-kicker Tomasi Cama. Other influential absentees are Kurt Baker, Toby Arnold, Scot Curry, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna, a youngster who has caught the eye this season.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 5:45am

Samoa pile on gloom for All Blacks with victory in Dubai Sevens

Samoa's Paul Perez fights off New Zealand's Ben Lam at the Sevens World Series Cup final in Dubai. Photo: Reuters

It was a bad weekend to be wearing the famous black jersey with the silver fern logo.

As England beat the All Blacks in London by their biggest ever victory margin, bringing to an end the world champions' 20-game unbeaten run, in Dubai Samoa defeated the All Blacks Sevens in the Cup final of the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:01am

Tietjens happy to rely on veterans

D.J. Forbes has been to Hong Kong so many times he joked yesterday it might be better if he had a permanent home here. It's no joke he has won a permanent place in Hong Kong Sevens folklore as a leader who does all his talking where it matters - on the pitch.

And New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens is grateful for that.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Full steam ahead

He is omnipresent, having been at all 100 tournaments since the IRB Sevens World Series began in December 1999. But Gordon Tietjens, is typically humble and refuses to dwell on the past. He prefers to look to the future.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cullen sees much of himself in prodigy O'Donnell

The clock spun back to 1996 for Christian Cullen when he watched Declan O'Donnell strut his stuff in the all black strip. And he has some words of advice for the new kid on the block - do the hard yards first and try not to get lost in the system.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Ryan demands perfection from England

Captain fantastic Ben Gollings added another 19 points to his world record tally last night but England, hunting for a fifth Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens crown, were told to tighten up their defence if they are to taste sweet success.

Gollings got the ball rolling for England by scoring the first of his side's nine tries as they trounced China 59-5.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tietjens & Co want hi-tech help for refs

Players and officials of top sides at the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens called on the IRB to use technology and bring in a dedicated panel of referees to reduce controversial decisions which they say is spoiling the game.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Vito destined for the biggest stage

Watch Victor Vito today and savour every minute of it - the 20-year-old New Zealander is well on his way to stardom and might not be back again next year.

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Tietjens sees the bigger picture

So was the vintage of 2001 better than 2008? Gordon Tietjens smiles and goes off on a tangent. He was coach of both successful teams, but he does not want to compare the class of 2001 led by Karl Tenana and the current crop captained by DJ Forbes because he says it is far too difficult. 'The 2001 side was very good and had some good players. And so does this current side.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

England taught a lesson by Kiwis

Hopes of a fifth straight title go up in smoke

England's universe was tipped upside down yesterday as an all-black hole swallowed their futile attempts to extend their reign at the Hong Kong Sevens.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Tietjens still hopeful of series triumph

The fat lady hasn't sung yet, insisted coach Gordon Tietjens after New Zealand's 21-12 loss to Fiji in the semi-finals. He still believes New Zealand can win the IRB Sevens crown, although there are only three legs left in the series.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Learning from the very best

NZ fact-finding trip should yield benefits for Hong Kong, says coach McIntosh

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but Hong Kong coach Rodney McIntosh is aware he cannot go the whole nine yards and copy everything he witnessed on his 'Seeing is Believing' trip to Wellington last month where he watched how the New Zealand sevens squad get licked into shape.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Golden Gordon's happy return

Tietjens seeks 51st tournament title as he brings New Zealand back to the place where he first tasted glory in 1994

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Maestro Tietjens eyes role in charge of HK

The most successful coach in sevens history, Gordon Tietjens, would like to coach Hong Kong after his New Zealand contract runs out next year.

Tietjens has always had a soft spot for Hong Kong and has been willing to share his knowledge with local coaches - last month Hong Kong sevens coach Rodney McIntosh was involved in a training camp with Tietjens and his squad.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

It's all black for outclassed Kiwis

CUPFijians run amok in the first half and New Zealand's reign as kings of the IRB Series comes to an end

New Zealand were dethroned as champions of the IRB Sevens series when a crushing semi-final loss to Fiji ruled out any slim hopes of successfully defending the title they have held for the past six seasons.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am